Minor changes to styling, while equipment levels and safety are improved
7 January 2010

Toyota has launched a revised Yaris for 2010.

The exterior styling changes are minimal, with minor changes to the headlights and bumpers. The main changes come in the top-spec TR model, which gets new 15-inch alloy wheels, dark-tinted headlamp glass, matte silver-finish doorhandles and new fog lights in the front bumper.

Toyota has also further boosted the safety of the five-star Euro NCPA Yaris TR, as it now gets curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag as standard.

Inside, the Yaris benefits from a new sports instrument display and new upholstery design, while the 1.3 Dual VVT-i- and 1.4 D-4D-powered models get leather trim on the steering wheel and gearknob.

There are three engines available with the Yaris: the aforementioned petrol and diesel models, as well as a 1.0 VVT-I petrol example. All engines emit less than 120g/km of CO2, while the 1.33-litre model comes with stop-start and a six-speed manual gearbox.

Prices start at £10,040 for the 1.0-litre Yaris T2, and the 2010 models are available to order now.

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7 January 2010

I know someone on this forum who will be very pleased about this. My little Swiss friend thinks these cars with winter tyres are just about undefeatable off road in the winter and far better than any 4x4.

SDR

7 January 2010

Okay nobody else has commented... so I feel like I should!

I'm not going to try to say this is an exciting or radical development, but my mother picked up a 2010 1.4 diesel TR a few days ago and I've been doing a few hundred 'running in' miles in it before it gets bogged down in its daily pottering. I am quietly impressed! So it's not as 'funky' as a Fiesta, but in a grown-up, easy to use, and doubtless completely dependable way it's a jolly nice little car. I know those adjectives are not exciting to the average Autocar reader but we must accept we are a minority and to many people, my mother included, they are what counts.

This new arrival is the third mother-Yaris in succession - the first was an original-shape SR, then a 1.3 petrol automatic 'current shape', and now this. The original was likable and fun but not terribly practical (3dr), and the seats were oddly flat and the gearbox a little 'stir it and see'. The automatic (actually robotised manual) gearbox on the second could not have ruined the car more if it also included replacement of the driver's seat with a spike - dreadful. However considering how more-or-less identical it looks, the latest one is worlds away from its predecessor. The engine is gutsy (if not silent) and already returns 68 mpg with little effort on a run, the seats are comfortable, driving position unusually high so visibility is excellent, and motorway refinement exceptional - less than 2000 rpm in sixth at 70, which the engine seems perfectly happy with and is less than my 2.0TDi Audi.

Again, before someone comes along and tells me I'm mad, wrong, or the devil himeself I'm sure for a keen driver there are better options, but for someone needing a roomy, reliable, pleasant, economical, zero hassle, slow depreciating, last-for-ever little family car they could do a lot worse. I like it. S'there! :)

ETA: Okay so someone else did reply while I was replying... evil genius... ;)

7 January 2010

[quote SDR]The engine is gutsy (if not silent) and already returns 68 mpg with little effort on a run, the seats are comfortable, driving position unusually high so visibility is excellent, and motorway refinement exceptional - less than 2000 rpm in sixth at 70, which the engine seems perfectly happy with and is less than my 2.0TDi Audi. [/quote] Six gears and being below 2,000 rpm do absolute wonders for fuel economy. I only wish more manufacturers would get on the sixth gear bandwagon - the fact that Toyota have slotted such a gearbox and engine into the Yaris should show everyone else. And the fact that the whole Yaris range now qualifies for £30 road tax or less is extremely good news. Whilst the Yaris may not be a hoot to drive, like SDR says, it's more than good enough for most people, especially with cracking engines such as the 1.4 diesel and 1.33. Other manufacturers should sit up and take note - more six-gear offerings, please!!

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

7 January 2010

I sware the Yaris was only facelifted a matter of months ago? This sounds to me like just a few model year changes.

7 January 2010

[quote J400uk]I sware the Yaris was only facelifted a matter of months ago? This sounds to me like just a few model year changes.[/quote] Yeah it was facelifted some time around last April, this is just updates for the 2010 model range - there are now only two models in the range, T2 and TR. Probably winding the range down for a new model, next year probably I would have thought.

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